Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his sidekick Charlie McCarthy were real superstars in the late 1930’s and 1940’s. This wonderful fur clip has a little lever that can be used to make Charlie McCarthy’s mouth move. Charlie is absolutely charming, from his top hat to his monocle!
Condition: Excellent, with a 1mm area of enamel wear on the upper edge of Charlie’s monocle. Both the mechanical lever and the fur clip mechanism work well.
Measurements: 1.25 by .75 inches (3.2 by 1.9 cm)
Marks: “Pat 2038343” and “MF’D UNDER EXCLUSIVE LICENSE FROM EDGAR BERGEN AND CHARLIE MCCARTHY INC.” The utility patent was issued to Gaston Candas in 1936. According to the Brunialtis (see below), Women’s Wear Daily of Oct. 29, 1937 carried an advertisement stating that the piece was produced by Cohn & Rosenberger (Coro).
Reference: “American Costume Jewelry: Art & Industry, 1935-1950”, Brunialti, page 94, where the clip is pictured along with the utility patent, the 1937 advertisement, and a photo of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.
This piece was advertised in the October 29, 1937 Women's Wear Daily. The showed a drawing of the clip, and the following text: "Charlie McCarthy, the dummy of the radio, enters the jewelry field in this amusing clip with a press clip which moves the lower lip and chin exactly in the fashion of the original."
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Coro Late 1930's Charlie McCarthy Mechanical Figural Fur Clip Book Piece